Over many centuries, this land was a strategic location for Malaysian trade, a golden cake from Portugal, Holland, Britain, and Japan. International trade, invasions, trans-colonial transactions, the swings of promises made today's Malacca: a "kitchen" of cultural diversity with Many different architectural influences, but well mixed by Malaysian, so it’s not like a “hot pot” or any conflicts harsh. The cultures are naturally mixed with Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and English features blended with the secrecy of Islam, keeping the unique multifarious serenity.
If staying at the Hatten Hotel in the heart of Malacca, you can walk through the major tourist attractions in this city.
Even so small that it is only the Menara Taming Sari Tower that is able to see almost completely the city of Malacca, visitors also have to stay here for at least two days to explore all its beauty. Each tower visit lasts seven minutes and the tower can serve 80 people at a time. In addition, at the foot of the tower are some other activities that visitors can also try such as horse riding and rent an electric car to stroll around the city.
The Malacca River divides the city into two halves: the East Bank is an ancient European architectural quarter, the West Bank is a mix of Chinese and Malaysian architecture.
A boat cruise along the river will provide visitors with an unforgettable view of the sights. With the speed of the boat drifting slowly, visitors are like floating in a world different from the quiet river, the water in the air, cool air from the water radiates out the interesting places, promising to It brings an unforgettable experience.
Actually, a few decades ago, the river was an uncharged waterway to make tourist attractions. The shops, commercial areas or sightseeing sites around here are not well served. However, in recent years, the locality has invested in better infrastructure to preserve historic buildings and bridges along the river. In order to attract visitors, new buildings along the boat cruise along the Malacca River are painted in color covering the walls. The colors and images that replicate the history and cultural richness of the state of Melaka contributed to the attention of the visitors from all over the world.
On the romantic river, beautiful boats come from the Muara pier near the Quayside Heritage Center, then the boat will swim up to the Taman Rempah wharf to take visitors delight to admire the beautiful scenery of the two banks. . In about 1 hour, visitors will experience different feelings. Looking at the wharf, waterfront, river water scenery beautiful peace and a little poetic very special. On this route, when passing near the Maritime Museum you will easily recognize the famous Portuguese ship of Flor De la.
Isn’t so interesting? Boating along the Malacca River is a great river cruise trip.
The town hall, as well as most of the old architecture in Malacca, is painted in red. Previously, this building used to be the office of the Governor and Deputy Governor of the Netherlands, then used as a school to teach free English under British domination. Today, this is the Museum of History and Ethnology, where traditional costumes and artifacts have been preserved through many of Melaka's historical periods.
The Malacca Palace Museum is a replica of the palace under the reign of King Mansur Shah (1456 - 1477), rebuilt in 1984 to preserve the region's history. The palace has many paintings depicting the life at that time, such as the image of bureaucrats, merchants ... waiting outside the main hall to pay tribute and send messages to the king. The front of the palace was built with more than 1300 details of this architectural landmark.
The Dutch Square, also known as the Red Square, is a haven of Dutch architecture that is a must-see in Malacca. Here, visitors will be surprised as if it is in the middle of Europe, with rows of two or three storeys houses, painted in red or orange color, adding a green pane of windows or winding trees. Highlighted in it is The Stadthuys, built in 1650 as a residence for the Governor and Officer of the Netherlands, was considered the perfect model for the Dutch architecture of the time, the oldest Dutch architecture in the East.
Right next to the Red Square is Christ Church. The Christ Church, built in the 18th century after the Dutch occupied Malacca by the Portuguese, is one of the icons of the period. Initially, the church was white but in 1900 it was reddish like most other buildings. Some of the stone chapels inside the church are carved in many languages such as Dutch, English, Portuguese and Turkmen. Today, these beers provide an interesting view of the colonial era before.
This is where most of the visitors come to Malacca. One reason is quite simple: this is the ideal place for "selfie". There is a clock tower, a fountain, colorful little gardens and not far away there are windmills for those with "Don Quixote spirit".
From this location, you will find countless colorful cyclos which are ready to take you around the old town. Unlike the plain cyclo in Vietnam, the Malacca Cyclos are full of colors and decorations, from simple flowers to Hello Kitty, Doraemon cats or Frozen Snow Queen. Moreover, the drivers here are quite cute – they always show a nice smile when you raise the camera to capture them. In the car, the new updated songs are played. This is probably the most exciting sound in this relatively quiet city.
Nearby is the A'Famosa fortress, one of the few remaining European structures left in Asia, built in the early 1500s on a coastal hill to protect Melaka from The Muslim kingdom or perhaps from another European country.
Not long after it became a Dutch colony, the fortress was handed over to the British to prevent Melaka from falling into Napoleon's hands. Afraid that Malacca will be occupied, the British have destroyed the fort. Thanks to the persuasion of Singapore's founder Sir Raffles, a fortress gate has been retained to this day. Now, in the fading rain, in front of the gate, only left the guns, fighting vehicles ... stand alone as evidence of a turbulent historical moment in this peaceful country.
Climb up the tall green hill behind the fortress, gazing at the mesmerizing atmosphere of Malacca, the voice of the past as lingering in the glittering Malacca Bay on the far side of the Indian Ocean. At the top of the hill is the ruins of St. Paul 500 years old. Like most other traces in Malacca, only cold stone walls, old tombstones, and Saphia statues in the middle of the sky. There, there was a guy singing with a guitar in his hand, humming the old songs of the world.
Crossing the bridge over the Malacca River to the west is the neighborhood characteristic of the Mishra cultural intercourse of the Babylonian Nyonya community (the name refers to the crosses between Chinese immigrants and natives). With its architecture typical of the old quarter, we can not help but remember the ancient and peaceful beauty of Hoi An, the beautifully unique souvenir shops, traditional costumes, Sophisticated bags, or ancient wooden statues. Because of the old quarter, the road space is not wide, but the car can easily pass without jams.
Walking through the streets, you can see colorful Peranakan houses and shops. Enjoy dining at Peranakan Restaurant to enjoy good food and beautiful decor. Design of Peranakan is like a spice for the gastronomic experience here with many rare antiques such as traditional wedding palaces, delicate wood beds, walls attached with ancient coins ... so that visitors can feel the interesting cultural value in this place ...
In the afternoon light, nothing is better than sitting in a small coffee shop in the gentle Malacca, looking at the flowers blooming in the river bank, the lovers hand in hand walking, colorful cyclo, enjoying the aroma of a cup of coffee in a peaceful atmosphere… life seems to slow down…
Malacca not only bring tourists into the dream world by the beautiful man, but also attract visitors by the special dishes. In Malacca, the most famous is Hainan Chicken Rice, and the most famous is Famosa on Jonker Street.
Chicken is sold in 1/4, 1/2 or whole with soft meat, typical sauce. Chicken rice dish is quite good. Rice is mixed with chicken like balls, 0.3RM a ball. I have delicious wonton noodles too. After eating you can enjoy a herbal jelly, like the sweet soup in Vietnam, which is so delicious and cool, well served with honey.
Malacca snacks can include ice cream, sweet soup at 88 Jonker Street (usually close before 9pm). Jonker road is also famous with Hardrock cafe and OChado's milk tea shop, which are also pretty good. In addition, guests can also try some dishes such as turnip cake, dumplings, baked cake with durian, red beans ....
In Southeast Asia or Asia, it may not be easy to find a city like the ancient city of Malacca in Malaysia. In the traces here, there is a hidden element of modernity, in the traditional culture are interwoven culture brought from many situations, but bring a sense of harmony between the cultures.